05.01.09

“Many artists think they are better cooks than anyone else,” says Nancy Shaw Cramer, owner of the eponymous gallery in Vineyard Haven. They bring a dash of creativity and a dollop of fearlessness to the kitchen. At least, that’s what Nancy has seen in the mixed-media artists group she founded in 1996. She says the potters think they are best, since their art is based on recipes.

By Nicki Miller

05.01.09

After the long, cold winter we spent indoors, spring has arrived to push us outside to collect new green leaves and dig up fat roots. This is the time, according to tradition, for spring cleaning – and we don’t mean the house. We’re referring to an ancient folk belief about cleaning the blood, renewing the spirit, and energizing the body.

By Holly Bellenuono & Catherine Walthers

04.01.09

Heading out at low tide with a sturdy rake and a floating basket, and wading through the Vineyard’s shallow waters can provide for good eating. And clamming, for the Vineyarders who love it, is more than just the pursuit of a tasty quahaug supper. A few hours spent plying the clam flats also offer a chance to escape from whatever one must – to explore the mystery of life hiding just below the surface of all that salty water, and to connect with a culturally rich past.

By Charlie Cameron

03.01.09

Brookside Farm is one of those Island spots at which the tour busses slow down so passengers can admire its rural charms. With its pair of oxen grazing in a lush field surrounded by stone walls, its blossoming fruit trees, and its hillsides sloping down to a serene pond along the Tiasquam River, it is the embodiment of up-Island Vineyard beauty.

By Laura D. Roosevelt

12.01.08

The Vineyard has plenty of amenities to offer its inhabitants, but there’s one thing many would say is missing that would make life complete: a plentiful supply of ethnic food, preferably reasonably priced. When off-Island, Vineyarders make a point to get our fill from ethnic restaurants in Boston or New York, or else pick up takeout on the Cape to enjoy on the boat ride home.

By Catherine Walthers

10.01.08

As she spent the summer promoting and signing copies of her new cookbook, Table Talk, Espresso Love’s Carol McManus found affirmation for the idea the book is based on – that busy Americans are gradually giving up an important aspect of family life: the family dinner. She thinks that’s a mistake.

By Catherine Walthers

09.01.08

It’s 5:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning and Allen Healy walks down the worn path from his house to the barn. It’s a warm summer day, and he gets right to work. He sanitizes two milk buckets as well as the equipment to milk his cows.

By Catherine Walthers

09.01.08

Many of us can remember a time when indulging in a truly memorable meal was much like finding a piece of blue sea glass – it could happen, but it was a noteworthy event. Now Martha’s Vineyard has some fine restaurants and first-rate chefs, however I would hardly call it a culinary destination. So it surprises me when I walk into a bookstore and see how many Martha’s Vineyard–related cookbooks line the shelves. One might get the impression that we have the kind of cuisine here that merits more than a dozen cookbooks.

By Kate Feiffer

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